HC Deb 08 December 1965 vol 722 c126W
Miss Quennell

asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance how many of the 281,000 people receiving National Assistance in December 1964 and incapable of work because of chronic sickness or disability had been receiving it for six months or more.

Mr. Pentland

Of the 281,000 people under pensionable age who in December 1964 were receiving National Assistance on account of temporary or chronic sickness or disability, approximately 235,000 (nearly 85 per cent.) had been receiving assistance for six months or more.